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Busy Ballarat returns home

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Patrick Scott (author), LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Family and friends of the crew of HMAS Ballarat wave to their loved ones as the ship pulls alongside to her home port of Fleet Base West, Western Australia, at the completion of a four month South East Asia deployment. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Family and friends of the crew of HMAS Ballarat wave to their loved ones as the ship pulls alongside to her home port of Fleet Base West, Western Australia, at the completion of a four month South East Asia deployment.

HMAS Ballarat has sailed into her home port of Fleet Base West in Rockingham, Western Australia, to a large gathering of family and friends after completing a three month deployment to South East Asia and; participating in Exercise TALISMAN SABER off the Australian coast.

Spray booth gets new life

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Air Force Logistics Manager, Flight Lieutenant Russell Cocks hands over a combined spray booth and baking oven to Chief Petty Officer Michael Knott, at a ceremony held at the HMAS Stirling Fleet Support Unit's Surface Finishing section, completing a transfer of the booth from the Air Force to the Navy. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Air Force Logistics Manager, Flight Lieutenant Russell Cocks hands over a combined spray booth and baking oven to Chief Petty Officer Michael Knott, at a ceremony held at the HMAS Stirling Fleet Support Unit's Surface Finishing section, completing a transfer of the booth from the Air Force to the Navy.

It was a case of ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ when HMAS Stirling’s Fleet Support Unit West, commissioned a spray booth and oven from the Royal Australian Air Force, saving Defence thousands of dollars in replacement costs.

Simulation enhances training safety

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Harley Slatter (author)

The 'FLAIM Trainer' is a multi-component system, that will bring more realism to damage control exercises and allows Navy to conduct training in scenarios that would have been impossible in the past. (photo: Unknown)

The 'FLAIM Trainer' is a multi-component system, that will bring more realism to damage control exercises and allows Navy to conduct training in scenarios that would have been impossible in the past.

Navy is working with a team of engineers led by a fire fighting expert at Deakin University to provide next generation simulation tools to train officers and sailors.

Top End exercise improves regional security

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Eyles of HMAS Larrakia talks with a member of HMPNGS Moresby boarding party team while conducting boarding party exercise during Exercise Paradise.  (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Eyles of HMAS Larrakia talks with a member of HMPNGS Moresby boarding party team while conducting boarding party exercise during Exercise Paradise.

The Australian and Papua New Guinean navies have successfully completed Exercise PARADISE off the coast of Darwin, sharing knowledge and rehearsing scenarios to improve regional security and interoperability between the forces.

No rest for Success

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr James McPherson (author), LEUT Vaoafi Hart (author)

Members of ship's company from HMAS Success conducting community engagement activities. (photo: ABCSO Porter)

Members of ship's company from HMAS Success conducting community engagement activities.

HMAS Success has completed a port visit to Honiara, Solomon Islands, to commemorate the 75th anniversaries of the Battles of Guadalcanal and Savo Island. The ship’s company took every available opportunity to engage with the local community, reinforcing the strong ties between Australia and the people of the Solomon Islands.

Courageous Colac remembered

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), Defence (photographer)

Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive (photo: )

Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive

Despite being in the thick of action on many occasions, Bathurst class corvette HMAS Colac ended the Second World War with only two members of her ship’s company killed and two wounded, another amazing ship and crew being remembered 75 years on.

Joint logistics integral to submarine capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

The staff from Fleet Logistics Support Element Submarines, HMAS Stirling, gathers after loading stores on board a RAAF C-17A Globemaster III at RAAF Base Pearce, Western Australia.  (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

The staff from Fleet Logistics Support Element Submarines, HMAS Stirling, gathers after loading stores on board a RAAF C-17A Globemaster III at RAAF Base Pearce, Western Australia.

It takes a special logistical effort across the Defence organisation to keep submarines fully equipped to sustain a peak state of capability and operational readiness.

Tradition and ceremony key to crew

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Harley Slatter (author), Unknown (photographer)

The Admiral Hudson pulls alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

The Admiral Hudson pulls alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney.

With only two boats, the VIP Boat Squadron based at HMAS Waterhen in Sydney is a small, but important part of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet.

Evacuated with wisdom and courage

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Dean Gilbert (author), Unknown (photographer)

An Aircrewman from HMAS Ballarat watches as HMAS Ballarat's MH60-R helicopter prepares to conduct a casualty extraction from HMAS Shepparton. (photo: Unknown)

An Aircrewman from HMAS Ballarat watches as HMAS Ballarat's MH60-R helicopter prepares to conduct a casualty extraction from HMAS Shepparton.

When one of their own became a real-time casualty, the crew of survey motor launch, HMAS Shepparton acted swiftly to provide an immediate response and medical evacuation by helicopter.

First Lady of the Fleet celebrates

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason O’Gorman (author)

HMAS Darwin's ship's company celebrate the ship's 33rd birthday by forming the number 33 on the flight deck, while at sea. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Darwin's ship's company celebrate the ship's 33rd birthday by forming the number 33 on the flight deck, while at sea.

As the activities of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 17 started to draw to a conclusion in July, the crew of HMAS Darwin, took the chance of a brief time out to celebrate the final seagoing birthday of the Fleet veteran.